Liverpool’s last action in the European premiere competition – Champions League – came several years ago. They are on course to missing out on this competition once again this season, as they face an unlikely competition to finish in the top four. Despite this, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he is of the opinion that the lack of Champions League football will not affect the transfer dealings of the club in the summer. His comments come at a time when the star striker Luis Suarez admitted that he may consider leaving Liverpool if he receives an offer from a club in the Champions League.

Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against Southampton just ahead of the international break has spoiled the mood at Anfield. This defeat almost confirms that Liverpool will not be able to finish in the top four. Yet, Rodgers is hoping that the team has a strong finish to the campaign. He has asked his players to put the Southampton defeat on the back of the mind and focus on the remaining matches of the season. A strong finish is an absolute priority if Liverpool are to start the new season in a positive manner according to Rodgers.

Liverpool will be travelling to Villa Park to face Aston Villa, who are on a good run of form.

“It is very important the season doesn’t peter out and it can’t do. We are at a stage of the season when we don’t have a trophy to play for as such but we have to fight. Of course we always want to be challenging for trophies but if that is not the case you represent the shirt and the city and every game is vital. It is very important we finish the season well as that can provide a really good platform for us for next season,” said Rodgers.